Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
13-March-2015 15:11 IST
No. of Cases of Rape and Assault on Women show an Increasing Trend During 2011-13

The Number of cases registered for rape, assault on women with intend to outrage her modesty and insult to the modesty of Women has shown an increasing trend between the year 2011-13. As per the provisional data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) which is available up to 2013, the number of such cases registered in 2013 were 117035 in 2013, 79447 in 2012 and 75744 in 2011. In 2013, the highest number of such cases reported were in Maharastra (13827) followed by Madhya Pradesh (13323) and Andhra Pradesh (13267).

Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority for the Government. The Government is endeavouring to put in place effective mechanisms to provide safe environment for women. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted making the punishment more stringent for offences like rape. Provision for increased penalty for gang rape and causing serious injury to the victim resulting her to remain in a vegetative state have been made. New offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking, disrobing a woman have been incorporated in the Indian Penal Code. Certain changes have also been introduced in the Code Of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) and the Indian Evidence Act, like the recording of statement of the victim of rape and sexual assault by a woman police officer and provisions to ensure that the victims ( below the age of eighteen) is not confronted by the accused at the time of trial.

Ministry of Women And Child Development has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 which cover all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at all workplaces both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a written reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.